East Germany: Doctors' Dilemma

Dr. Dietrich Schultze, 57, devoted half a lifetime to building up his professional skill and practice as an ear, nose and throat specialist in the Thuringian kreis (county) of Hildburghausen. but he could no longer stick the place. The Red Party bosses of East Germany had promised Dr. Schultze time and again that his children could go to universities, and time and again reneged. Early this month — like more than 3,300 other doctors since 1954 — Dr. Schultze slipped over the nearby border into West Germany with his family. His flight left Hildburghausen (pop. 65,000) with only one...

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